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All of the latest news for the punk and OI! scene from FFRUKiT!

FFRUK TV burns brightly with Electric Eyes

Bringing fiery blues rock ‘n’ roll incitement to the London landscape is ELECTRIC EYES, a trio formed less than two years ago but swiftly turning heads and ears in their direction. A regular thrill across some of the Capital’s choice venues since, Electric Eyes met FFRUK TV’s SEGS JENNINGS (Ruts DC) and TARA REZ (The Duel) before playing a highly anticipated set at one of FFR UK’s Reggae Punk Nights at the 12 Bar Sessions. Their relaxed chat explored the likes of songwriting within the band and influences as well as revealing that Electric Eyes were halfway through recording their first release. After Segs and Tara had finished with them, the band went on to rock the stage with their rousingly nagging sound from which FFR UK TV has a ferocious slice for your pleasure.


FFRUK TV Face To Face With The Mercanaries

Camden has been no stranger to breeding ear striking and imagination stirring artists over the decades and so it continues with THE MERCANARIES, a four strong indie/punk band. Creating a sound as addictive to feet and hips as it is to ears, the band has been billed as “the most exciting band to come out of London for years.”

Comparisons to the likes of Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses have also been laid upon the quartet yet their music is undoubtedly unique, continually luring an increasingly growing and loyal following as The Mercanaries dynamically spice up the capital’s live scene.

Performing at one of FFRUK’s Reggae Punk Nights at The Dublin Castle, the band took time out before playing to talk with FFRUK TV’s SEGS JENNINGS (Ruts DC) and TARA REZ (The Duel). Introductions led to the band offering an insight into the band from their beginnings to the raw and organic essence of their sound, and the rewards of occasional made-up lines to lyrics to hopes ahead. With a thrilling slice of the band live on the night in the song, “Hard to Please”; this is The Mercanaries!



“Symphonic” – Killing Joke songs reimagined by Jaz

JAZ COLEMAN'S "KILLING JOKE SYMPHONY"

Pre-order Jaz Coleman's reinterpretations of classic Killing Joke songs with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra HERE.
The new album from Jaz sees him collaborate with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra on new versions of classic Killing Joke songs from throughout our career. ‘Symphonic Killing Joke’ will be available on download and signed CD or LP, alongside a host of exclusives – from attending the recording of the album in Russia to signed music scores and artwork. There will also be a very exclusive one-off London show, featuring Jaz and accompanying orchestra – to be added at a later date. Stay tuned at http://bit.ly/SymphonicKJ In other news we headline the sophomore year of Rockaway Beach festival this October alongside Suede. Highly intimate, and tickets from £145pp including 3 days/nights accommodation and music pass. More info and tickets HERE. Over and out. Killing Joke.


Live Show with Honey Bane

What with the news of David Bowie passing yesterday RIP, and the concern at how Angie will hear this tragic news, not at home with her loved ones, but on National TV being watched 24/7 on Celebrity Big Brother 5 - its been hard to focus on anything else .. Our hearts go out to her in this very difficult and sad time. Angie Bowie has a huge heart and is a strong, creative, witty & intelligent woman - and we admire these qualities and want to affirm our sisterhood with like minded individuals. So, with this in mind it will be great pleasure to welcome Honey Bane on the show, with Rick hunt special co host sitting in for Angie, Tara Rez. Honey Bane is a UK Singer/Songwriter, based in the US. Socially Political, Hates Injustice and has a real aversion to Superficiality! Musically and Lyrically Intelligent but Attitude is Punk to the Core! Sounds like our type of girl. Looking forward to hearing her musical works and to speaking to her on this show :) Tune in at 12pm US EST or 5pm UK time, for a live show or watch it later at your leisure :) Honey Bane sites: www.honeybaneofficial.com https://www.facebook.com/honeybaneundone/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_Bane http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angiebowiebarnettshow/2016/01/14/the64thangiebowierickhuntradioshowspecial-host-tara-rez-radioshow63


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Tara Rez with Andy Thierum, Chris McDougall, Steve Zuki , at FFR UK Reggae Punk Nights, 12 Bar in Soho London



An interview with Angie Bowie

We at FFRUK are proud to present a classic conversation with the great Angie Bowie. You can watch it here now : with Tara Rez & Segs Ruts DC The Angie Bowie Show


Fancy Footwork By Angie Bowie

PRESS RELEASE

Fancy Footwork

FANCY FOOTWORK is ANGIE BOWIE’s poetry collection from the early 1970s spanning nearly 50 years and published by Create Space. RICK HUNT illustrated the poems and this makes the second collaboration between Angie and Rick: the first was CAT’ASTROPHE.

FANCY FOOTWORK describes how much living there is to be done.

Asked about the essence of verse and poetry Angie replied: “The poems tell the story of how we dance and spin, sometimes smooth and fluid like water and sometimes taut and on guard like a tight-rope walker. We stretch our legs and learn to sprint. We unfold our wings and take to the skies. Imaginations soar above the trees and into the clouds, and as the air becomes thin, we revert to energy. We are no longer physical entities, no breath, no biology...... just Light. We swoop through space. We dance amongst the stars, batting at stardust to jostle a response from our ancestors. That is what this book is about. Our time on Earth'

Rick Hunt

Rick Hunt said:

" I am honored to be creating alongside the sparkling spirit that is Angie! I believe the alchemy of our energies together is a perfect fit. I believe that I may be the universe's luckiest artist!.. I have been given yet another opportunity to creatively collaborate with my dear friend Angie Bowie!...This past year I have had the," FUNTASTIC" task of illustrating her poetry, lyrics, visions, and thoughts !... I have spent every waking free moment this past year doing so!... The images and energy/vibrations/spirit that is the embodiment of Angie's visions in her amazing life have so easily merged with my myriad own! In fact, it feels to me that the images I created to enhance Angie's words, emerged, connected, and chemically blossomed together seamlessly like a very successful alchemists ritual!... There seems to be a "mystical" connection between us that allows the creative waters to flow. Images have always come to me in constant waves. Give me a word and I can create an entire mural in moments from it. Multiply that kind of energy by the pages upon pages of Angie's poetry and lyrics and I have stacks upon stacks of drawings in various states of completion. I have also been blessed by Angie's encouragement and enthusiasm for my creative process and her gently guiding me to use more COLOR in my work. I can truly say with confidence that I am really enjoying the addition of these colors in my work. In closing, I feel safe to say that the overall images of my illustrations for this project has captured the spirit of the book and Angie’s poetry.”

Fancy Footwork is available online at CreateSpace and at Amazon.com. Autographed copies are available from www.angiebowie.net

Sergio Kardenas

'Cover photo for FANCY FOOTWORK, Sergio Kardenas is gifted with talent and astonishing good looks. Both as director, performer and photographer Sergio helped provide me with the graphics I needed for book covers and my own imaging. Sergio’s photography and recent artwork for book covers and Face Book illustration for the last 8 years has made me very happy and represented me in relationship to the things I find important. Thank you very much.' Angie Bowie



FFRUK Music TV – Series 1 – ‘Soho-Enders’

The first of a series of TV shows . Featuring musical talent and untold stories from the UK's credible bands and artists who are living their art from their heart and who you wont see on the likes of X Factor! Presented by : Segs Jennings & Tara Rez
Feat: The Duel, The Gongs, The Smokes , Ecofisk, Tracey Punk , Denis Just Denis
Moon, Bart Barton as The Spirit of Andy Warhol
Location: 12 Bar, Denmark Street Soho (venue now relocated to Holloway Road, Highbury Islington).


Thought-Provoking Photographs Depict Female Faces of Freedom

By - Aimée Horwich

Source - Entertainment4media

A brand new exhibition, opening in London next month, will explore the relationship between freedom, beauty and the hijab.

Azeri artist, Alexandra Kremer-Khomassouridze's Faces of Freedom photographic series, depicts 50 women from around the world – from different nationalities, backgrounds and professions – and explores their perception of identity in relation to wearing the hijab.

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The fascinating, black and white exhibition, which portrays the women in their own clothes and then wearing a hijab, opens at Asia House on 3 February and runs as part of London's second Buta Festival – a celebration of Azerbaijani arts and culture.

Curated by Farah Pirieva, the photographs explore the veil, which has become a hot topic of international debate and controversy. Kremer-Khomassouridze's work embraces the complexity of the issue and the before and after-type images are moving and intimate.

Alexandra said: “No one left my studio the same. Our conversations had a lasting effect on each of the ladies. The complexity of the process was amazing. Some of my models cried and claimed never to wear a hijab again, others responded exactly the opposite, telling me, that they always will.”

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The international photographer, who left Azerbaijan in 1989, was inspired to capture the photographs upon returning to the country's capital, Baku, in 2011.

“When I left Azerbaijan the hijab was in decline, particularly among younger women who preferred to wear jeans and mini skirts as a sign that they were embracing a new ideology of multiculturalism.

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“When I returned, I was astonished to see young Azeri women choosing to wear the hijab again. I felt like I had discovered a new Baku, full of interesting contrasts where freedom could look different to different people. Faces of Freedom, is my way of interpreting and exploring these differences - the freedom to wear a hijab and the freedom not to wear it.”

Faces of Freedom runs at Asia House from the 3- 15 February 2015.

The 2015 Buta Festival provides a window to the Azeri Arts in London, offering unique insights into a country that is arousing our curiosity.  For further information about the festival, visit www.butafestival.com. Updates about all things Buta can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – butafestival.